A Time Apart

A Time Apart - Rebecca Norinne Caudill

I have a soft spot in my heart for paranormal books. I've always loved the unknown and the fantastic and there's something special about a good vampire story. So I'm always looking for unique takes on the genre.  

I really enjoy the premise behind this book. Romance separated not only by circumstance, but by time itself. Without giving away any spoilers, the reason behind their separation is both unique and intriguing. 

Caudill's writing style is enjoyable and easy to read, but I felt like the ending was a little anticlimactic. I think that there is some great action and suspense coming up in future books judging by some hints that she has dropped throughout the text, but this work felt more like an introduction to the series.

She does a great job of setting up the plot for future works in the series, I just wanted a little more out of this one. While there's a bit of a struggle as they're getting reacquainted, I kept thinking there'd be some additional challenges to come, but they seem to be saved for later in the series. 

Overall well written and an enjoyable read. 


Some Bio Information

Rebecca read her first novel when she was just four years old and has been hooked on books ever since. When she wasn't writing her own stories, she was sneaking copies of her mom's paperbacks to read late into the night. Fast forward a few years later, and she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Journalism. After a stint working in radio, she embarked on a career in technology public relations in Silicon Valley, representing some of the country's hottest start-ups and publicly traded companies. After more than a decade in the business, she began writing full time, having published both contemporary and paranormal romance novels. 

When not creating fictional worlds inhabited by strong women and dashing heroes, she is reading about them, planning her next vacation, trying out new recipes, or drinking a dram of Islay whisky. Rebecca lives with her husband in Oakland, California, but is currently planning a move to Dublin, Ireland.


Q&A

1. What inspired you to write this book?

I’d finished reading a number of paranormal romances that were aimed at a younger crowd and while I loved them, I wanted a hero and heroine who were closer to my own age with more adult problems. I started thinking about what I’d like to see and from there the story just blossomed. When we visited Ireland a lot of the pieces came together.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

I try to write a little bit every day, at least 1,000 words. After I spend some time on social media I sit down at my computer with a cup of coffee or tea and get started. I have a general outline that I stick to, but I’m not very good about doing detailed outlines because I only ever end up changing the story if I go that route. I basically write what my characters are telling me and then work from there filling in the plot, narrative, and dialogue. When I’ve finished, I share the work with a handful of trusted friends and family who are all writers themselves and revise based on that.

3. Do you have a favorite author?

I have a few favorite genres, and within those genres favorite authors. In terms of paranormal, I don’t think there’s anyone better than Anne Rice. I recently discovered steampunk romance and think Bec McMaster is terrific. The genre I’ve read the most though is regency romance, and I’m such a sucker for anything Maya Rodale or Julie Ann Long writes.

4. How would you describe your writing style?

I tend to write how I think and speak. In my daily life I like order and structure but when it comes to writing, I’m pretty free-flowing. There are definite rules and regulations I will always stick to, but otherwise anything goes. 

5. Do you have a favorite character in A Time Apart?

Well, obviously I love them both but William is the hero I have wanted for awhile. One of the things I appreciate most about him is that he doesn’t try to pretend to be good for the sake of Olivia. He tells her he’s a bad man.

6. What’s your least favorite part of the writing process? 

How long it takes me to finish! I see other authors in the genre putting out so many books in a year and I wish I could be faster, but I spend so much time editing and revising and just knitpicking over every darn word that I am my own worst enemy and everything ends up taking far longer than I had intended.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?

I’d love to move from self-publishing to being published by a well-respected imprint. I have a story idea in the back of my head that I’d like to write and sell, but that’s probably a ways off at this point with everything else that I’m working on at the moment.